Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12909 posts, RR: 34 Posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 875 times:
With only six days to go to Y2k, are any more airlines grounding their flights? Also, if the aircraft themselves are delivered Y2K compliant, will the newly delivered types be able to operate even if other types cannot?
Phil330 From Australia, joined May 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 842 times:
All computers on aircraft in our fleet have been certified Y2K compliant (DC-10, 320, 321, 330, 757, 767). As far as Boeing and Airbus are concerned the computers will handle the date change with ease, and even if they don't no serious consequences will result (except that the date will be wrong!).
The concern has been with ATC systems particularly in countries like Greece, Spain and Turkey. The media-generated image of aircraft falling from the sly because the computer has failed is rubbish. Somehow today's image of planes being flown by computers has pre-empted this idea that planes will not be able to fly at all if the computer does not work! The laws of Physics will not change, even an A320 (oh yes Boeing lovers!) will fly perfectly well without computer assistance.
The main other reason planes are being grounded is the severe low demand for flight bookings over this period, or gicing staff a holiday (not the fear that an airline's shiny new 747-400 will end up a lump of metal!)